David Huey, founder of Hungry For A Day, might caution you to be careful what you read.
You may be inspired to do something drastic, like launch a nonprofit and feed thousands of people like he did after reading Donald Miller’s “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story.”
Huey was completing his first decade in the corporate world when he read the book, which he says struck him deeply. “I knew if I wanted to live a life with real meaning, I needed to be very intentional about the way I lived,” he says. Huey met with a close friend to talk about how he could begin to be a part of something bigger than himself and engage others to join him. Eventually he landed on the idea of supporting generosity projects aimed at relieving hunger.
Several meetings and conversations later, Hungry For A Day was born in Atlanta with the launch of its first project in fall 2009. The organization’s mission is “inspiring generosity,” which happens through highlighting existing organizations already working in this space and adding horsepower.
“What we’ve discovered is that while people are aware of significant needs in their communities, they are not sure who to give to, or they simply haven’t given in a long time,” says Huey, who continues to work as sales director for an Atlanta-based consulting firm.
The Hungry For A Day model works by inviting individuals to fast for a day and then donate the money they would have spent on food to Hungry For A Day, which in turn donates it all to the partner organization.